Heinz Felix Geiringer

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Heinz Felix Geiringer

Birthdate: (18)
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Death: May 10, 1945 (18)
Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Oświęcim, oświęcimski, małopolskie, Poland
Immediate Family:

Son of Erich Geiringer and Elfriede Fritzi Geiringer
Brother of Eva Schloss

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About Heinz Felix Geiringer

Heinz Geiringer is Eva’s only sibling. He has the hands of a pianist like his mother, thick hair and dark features like his father, and a strong profile that resembles Eva. Heinz played guitar, piano and accordion to the jazzy tunes of George Gershwin, the lyrical melodies of Frederick Chopin and popular songs for friends that made Eva proud. He read tales of exciting adventures, and then retold them to Eva late into the night so she could forget their troubles and worries. After the Nazi invasion of Austria the family escaped to Belgium and then Holland. When Eva talked to Heinz about missing relatives and friends he helped her envision happier times. When the Nazis invaded Holland they began rounding up young boys. Pappy hid Heinz in the hospital where he quelled his fears by writing poetry. Eventually, the family went into hiding, and Heinz painted scenes full of sadness and hope. Eva easily recalls Heinz’s whispers on the train to Auschwitz when he explained that Pappy buried his paintings under the floorboards of the home they were in. Heinz did not survive the war. He perished in a concentration camp just days before the liberation. He was seventeen years old, yet created more in his childhood than most accomplish in a lifetime. Eva and Mutti found the house and Heinz’s precious treasure: more than twenty paintings! Eva cherishes this tangible memory of her brother and the reminder of Pappy's promise, that: ‘all the good you accomplish will make a difference to someone, somewhere and your achievements will be carried on. We are like links in a chain a chain that cannot be broken.’

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Heinz Felix Geiringer's Timeline

July 12, 1926
Vienna, Austria
May 10, 1945
Age 18
Oświęcim, oświęcimski, małopolskie, Poland